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4.0 out of 5 stars A vast improvement on this band's music.
If you like music that is thin and lifeless with vocals that are disinterested and barely there, then this isn't the album for you.

If you look at any of the reviews on Amazon of remix compilations, they always seem to fall into one of two camps:

1. "This is terrible - just a thudding beat with hardly any semblance of the original melody and minimal...
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2.0 out of 5 stars UNNECESSARY
A disappointing set of remixes of tracks from their previous album, most of which don't really work and result in good songs being submerged in special effects that ruin them.
At their best ARN produce tuneful melodic synth-pop that may appeal to fans of St Etienne, Camera Obscura and the like but Bird of Music and the original Still Night Still Light are far...
Published on 8 May 2011 by Gary Howchen


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4.0 out of 5 stars A vast improvement on this band's music., 11 Oct 2014
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D. Singh-Hulass "Derek22464" (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Night Light (The Remixes) (Audio CD)
If you like music that is thin and lifeless with vocals that are disinterested and barely there, then this isn't the album for you.

If you look at any of the reviews on Amazon of remix compilations, they always seem to fall into one of two camps:

1. "This is terrible - just a thudding beat with hardly any semblance of the original melody and minimal vocals. I hated it!"
2. "An interesting collection of creative reinventions that expand on the original musical palette and improves them overall. Worth having!"

There's no middle ground it seems. Personally, I love remixes and reinterpretations - I'd always choose a glorious failure over mediocre success any day. And, to me, this is a glorious success so it's win-win!

Remix compilations, by their nature, tend to be very eclectic in style, mood, tempo and texture. They are very rarely consistent or one-note. They also tend to reflect the remixer far more than the artist, usually because just elements of the original music are used and they tend to be used creatively and imaginatively, though not always successfully (to some ears).

Personally, I find Au Revoir Simone utterly dispensable, unmemorable, unoriginal and inessential. But this compilation is completely riveting, enjoyable, engaging and really rather funky! There's a variety of styles to suit all tastes, some of the productions are simply outstanding with great use of mood and dynamics and the blank vocals are kept to a minimum or buried in the mix, which is definitely a good thing.

As stated before, I think this particular album is aimed at a specific audience as it is not truly representative of the band's work. In fact, it's better than that and is probably the only album of theirs you'll ever need. Plus, if you're a fan of the glorious Jen Lekman, here's yet another example of his magical musical touch via one of his rare remixes on here - worth buying for that alone!
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2.0 out of 5 stars UNNECESSARY, 8 May 2011
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Gary Howchen "No Turn Unstoned" (Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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A disappointing set of remixes of tracks from their previous album, most of which don't really work and result in good songs being submerged in special effects that ruin them.
At their best ARN produce tuneful melodic synth-pop that may appeal to fans of St Etienne, Camera Obscura and the like but Bird of Music and the original Still Night Still Light are far superior.
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